I've started playing live poker and I'm miserable even after winning sessions. I realize it's going to take an enormous amount of time to move up, and I just don't have it in me anymore to put in 50+ hour weeks. I can't get enough volume in online anymore. What kept me going online for so long was the challenge. In live there's no challenge at low stakes it's just waiting for hands and value betting.
I still like poker, but not obsessively like before where I can put in the work necessary to move up. The major demotivating factor is that the games are dying. It's close to impossible to play for a living on usa sites, and even in vegas you have to follow the 5/10 games when they run. I would have to kill myself putting in volume the next several years to work my way up only to a point where the games are already dying at 5/10. Plus I'm not even happy doing it. That effort would be better used going to school and getting a job doing something that makes me happy. It's infinitely easier to make 50k with a bachelor's degree than it is playing poker now. Plus I can still play poker and my hours pokering might not even be that much less while going to school than they are the past few weeks.
I don't think I was ever happy playing poker. I am extremely competitive, and poker was nice to do by default since I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. I thought I could play poker forever until a week ago when I had to sit back and actually be honest with my happiness level the past several years. Even when my hourly was highest at dons on stars I was the same happiness level that I was a couple months ago playing micro cash with a significantly lower hourly.
I'm trying to pick out something I want to do before next semester starts. I want to pick something I like, has job security, I can stay in vegas for, and where I can make 24k a year after taxes. I'm asian \(^_^)/ so everyone immediately tells me to do something with computers or finance, but I don't enjoy computers or following the stock market anymore. I do enjoy english and that was the only subject I excelled at in school. I would go for something english related, but my friend went to wmu for journalism. He lives in a big city now, but he can't get a job related to his degree. He said if he had to do it all over again he'd go into something computer related, and I definitely shouldn't go into journalism. So I'm trying to pick out something now.
Someone mentioned this career aptitude testing place to me:
It's $675. I'm reading reviews of it. The testing seems very good, but at the end they still just give you general career recommendations like journalism, teaching, or consulting which is a huge turnoff. If anyone knows anyone that went here let me know what they thought about it, or if anyone was in a similar spot and ended up finding a good job I'd be interested to hear about it.